Leadership House

Get access to exclusive leadership opportunities, learn how to thrive in a professional setting, and work with outstanding mentors to get the most out of your time at UB.

About Leadership House

Leadership House is a highly selective leadership development program that is only open to first-year students attending the University at Buffalo.

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This program is designed to make sure students get the most out of their time at UBuffalo, providing members with opportunities to gain and improve leadership skills, put those skills into action, network with successful Leadership House alumni, and establish a supportive community of peers.

This experience is great for students who...

  • Want to become a more confident leader
  • Are excited to learn and grow as a person
  • Hope to be successful in their chosen career path

For 27 years, Leadership House has been a go-to place for first-year students hoping to advance their leadership skills and become more confident and capable leaders. Challenge yourself to make the most out of your first year at UBuffalo by applying for this incredible experience.

Apply for Leadership House

Leadership House is a competitive program, but our application process is simple! Think of it as an opportunity for us to get to know who you are. 

We will ask for some basic information (name, email, etc.) and a response to the question, "why should we choose you for Leadership House?" through a media of your choice. This could be through a video, a poem, or even a copy of your most recent resume!

The online application should take about 2 minutes to complete. The length of time you spend on your response is entirely up to you!

Important Deadlines

Each year, we'll offer two different deadlines for applicants. Applying for early action gives accepted students the opportunity to live in our exclusive Leadership House community. Students can also apply by our regular decision deadline, but students accepted at this deadline won't have the opportunity to live in our community.

Early Action Deadline

  • Friday, May 17 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Regular Decision Deadline

  • Sunday, July 14 at 11:59 p.m. EST

If you have questions regarding the program or the application, please email our office.

Learn More

From finding your best friends and mentoring new students as a Peer Mentor to making a positive and lasting impact on UB's campus, Leadership House offers a wide range of opportunities and experiences to our students. Check out some of what you can expect in the tabs below!

The Experience Requirements FAQs


Interested in participating in Leadership House? Here’s what will be expected of you:

  • Be a first-year student (any major)
  • Enroll in and complete two credit-bearing leadership courses (fall and spring)
  • Attend Leadership House orientation on move-in day
  • Attend both the fall and spring Leadership House retreats
  • Be an active member of the community by participating in required events
  • Challenge yourself to demonstrate leadership by taking initiative to get involved outside of Leadership House
  • Respect the diversity of the UB community and your Leadership House peers

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University at Buffalo
150 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
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Phone: (716) 645-6469